COVID-19 Updates: We are keeping our staff, clients and their family members safe and healthy. Our law firm is 100% operational, available in-person and 24/7 assistance by email and phone. Read More

Who will be held liable for AFFF exposure?

The companies which manufactured the AFFF will be held liable in a toxic exposure lawsuit, as they are directly responsible for the disease the plaintiff developed, which can be kidney cancer, bladder cancer or another malignant disease.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

The military will not be held liable in a case of AFFF exposure, but the companies which manufactured the toxic product will

Even if your AFFF exposure occurred while you were serving in the military, you cannot file a lawsuit against the military in the regrettable case you developed a related disease, as only the companies which manufactured the hazardous product are responsible for your diagnosis. Thereby, a lawsuit will be filed against the company or companies which made the AFFF you were exposed to in the military and not against the military itself. A lawyer with vast experience in toxic exposure cases will be of great help to you if you want to take legal action for AFFF exposure, as they will carefully and efficiently take care of the majority of aspects entailed by the legal process, while your involvement will be minimal. You will only have to provide them with your military and medical records, documents that will stand as evidence of your exposure, and of related diagnosis in your AFFF exposure lawsuit. Your attorney will eventually recover the maximum compensation you are eligible for from the liable parties.

Companies responsible for toxic firefighting foams

Allegedly, manufacturers who put PFAS in firefighting foam knew about the health risks of PFAS since the 1940s. Even with this knowledge, these companies still sold firefighting foam made with toxic PFAS chemicals without disclosing the potential health hazards. Because of their negligence and failure to warn the public of the health risks of PFAS, firefighting foam manufacturers can be held liable for the health effects attributed to PFAS contamination.

The companies that have come under fire for their alleged negligent selling of fire fighting foam include major chemical manufacturers like:

  • 3M Company
  • DuPont
  • Chemours Company
  • Chemguard
  • Tyco Fire Products
  • National Foam, Inc.
  • Dynax Corporation
  • Buckeye Fire Equipment Company

Attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. have the expertise necessary to handle your case

Since 1990, our law firm has been pursuing compensation for the victims of toxic exposure and their family members and will gladly help you file a lawsuit for AFFF exposure. As previously stated, you will only need to provide your attorney with your employment or military records, as well as with your medical records, which will be used as evidence for your case. While your attorney is preparing the other necessary documents for you, their legal experts will conduct in-depth research to discover additional evidence to support your lawsuit against the liable party.

You will eventually receive the compensation you deserve within several months to one year, depending on the severity of your diagnosis and the number of companies against which you file your lawsuit. It is important to know that our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not have to pay anything unless our attorneys recover compensation for you.

Other related questions

The widespread public exposure to dangerous levels of PFAS chemicals has prompted the EPA’s release of a PFAS “Action Plan” in February 2019. The plan focused almost exclusively on the perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) the main precursors in AFFF.

Read more

A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed with the help of a specialized attorney by the surviving family members of a victim of AFFF exposure.

Read more

Disability compensation for exposure to AFFF is available only for firefighters who served in the military. However, civilian firefighters can also recover compensation by filing a lawsuit against the company which manufactured the product.

Read more

If you were exposed to AFFF by living in close proximity to a military base, which used the product, you do not qualify for compensation, as only firefighters and military personnel can take legal action.

Read more

Although the PFOS and PFOA in AFFF can be harmful to the human body in any amount, exposure needs to occur for several years for a person to develop cancer.

Read more

Exposure to PFOS and PFOA, the toxic chemicals in AFFF, can lead to the development of multiple serious diseases over the years, including kidney cancer and bladder cancer.

Read more

The most accurate method to determine whether you have been exposed to chemicals is environmental monitoring, which is done by measuring the concentration of a chemical in the air and the duration of exposure to it.

Read more

If you developed a disease following exposure to AFFF, you have the legal right to file a lawsuit against the company which manufactured the product you regularly used.

Read more

AFFF has been used for the last 50 years to extinguish class B fires by both civilian and military firefighters, as it is very effective. However, it contains PFOS and PFOA, two groups of dangerous chemicals.

Read more

The duration of the legal process in cases of AFFF exposure can range between several months to one year, depending on how many companies are responsible for your exposure, as well as on the severity of your diagnosis.

Read more

See more questions